Have you heard of adapted waterskiing? I hadn’t even heard of it before last year. Yet waterskiing in a seated position makes it possible for someone with a physical disability.
Achieving Wheelchair Equality sponsored the clinic. Volunteers from the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Physical Therapy and Anchors Away, an adapted aquatics program, helped participants with the water activities this past Saturday at Lake Moultrie in Moncks Corner, SC.
The physical therapy students transferred me into a beach wheelchair and rolled me into the water. From there, I was able to float with my life jacket. The students were with me the entire time to help me float and swim around the lake.
Since I hadn’t waterskied before, I did a safe swim test to make sure I could flip myself onto my back while in the water. I probably could have rolled myself over if I wasn’t getting water up my nose. I didn’t get to ski this time, because I couldn’t pass this swim test.
Passing the swim test is important because in case I fell off the ski. I would need to flip myself on my back until rescuers arrive. I’m going to get myself ready for the next ski clinic, which will be next summer.
I don’t go swimming often. The last time I went swimming was several years ago at the Vocational Rehabilitation Evaluation Center in Columbia, SC. A pool chair lowered me into the water. I was able to swim the backstroke for a couple laps in the pool with assistance from an aquatics instructor.
I’m hoping to go swimming a few times over the next year to improve my swimming skills and prepare myself to ski next summer.